We are committed to efficient and careful use of resources. The useful life of equipment, targeted and careful use of non-renewable resources, and reusing or recycling devices and products to support a sustainable circular economy are all priorities.
In waste management, our main priorities include resource conservation and waste avoidance. Both topics are also taken into account during the procurement process and discussed with suppliers, including measures such as reusing containers after cleaning instead of disposing of them.
We generate large quantities of waste depending on the project in question – this is particularly the case when dismantling mining facilities that are no longer needed. We are legally obliged to restore the original landscape. RAG Austria AG conducts this decommissioning and restoration work very thoroughly and extremely conscientiously. If any contamination is identified during the process, it is completely removed under expert supervision before being properly disposed of. An expert opinion is subsequently obtained to confirm that the ground is free of contaminants.
Plant construction and operation is conducted in accordance with the state of the art and on the basis of our long-standing experience. If leaks occur in plant components and pipelines, and liquids such as crude oil or formation water that could potentially contaminate the site escape, then the soil is collected by licenced companies for proper disposal after being assessed by a qualified expert.
While waste management is built into the HSE management system, additional measures are also incorporated in the integrity management system to prevent leaks and releases of hazardous substances.
The quantity of waste generated in the office buildings and plants is low compared to our mining-related projects. Still, we want to continue to focus on awareness-raising measures among our employees and cleaning staff going forward with regard to cutting resource consumption and promoting appropriate waste separation. Waste may only be collected by authorized waste disposal companies (via the Electronic Data Management platform at www.edm.gv.at). All RAG-audited and approved waste disposal companies are listed under 'GLN waste disposal companies' on the company intranet.